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Who is Tom Kennedy? : Game show legend, host of ‘Name That Tune’ and ‘You Don’t Say!,’ dies at 93(bio, wiki, age, career, death)

Tom Kennedy, ‘Name That Tune’ game show host, dead at 93

Tom Kennedy bio, wiki, age, career, family, early life, death

TV game show host Tom Kennedy has died at the age of 93. His daughter Courtney and nephew Ben confirmed to Fox News that Kennedy — born James Edward Narz — died on Wednesday in his Oxnard, California home. The cause of death is unknown at this time. “He passed away peacefully,” said Ben.

Kennedy was known best as the host of “Name That Tune” and “You Don’t Say!” Variety reports that Kennedy moved to Los Angeles from Louisville, Ky. to pursue a career in broadcasting, and after working in radio, he began hosting game shows in the 1950s.

In order to avoid confusion with his brother, also a host, he changed his name to Tom Kennedy.

Aside from “Name That Tune” (1974-1981) and “You Don’t Say!” (1963-1969), the television personality was known for hosting “Split Second” (1972-1975) and “Password Plus” (1980-1982).”

Additionally, he hosted a syndicated nighttime edition of “The Price is Right” in the ’80s and briefly had his own talk show.

Eventually, Kennedy would retire and earn the Game Show Congress’ Bill Cullen award for lifetime achievement, the outlet reports. The star also had an acting career with a handful of film, television, and stage credits to his name.

Family

Kennedy’s children Linda Ann Narz, James Narz Jr., and Courtney Ellen Narz survive him, as does his granddaughter Abigail Norah Narz and his sister, Mary Lovett Scully. Kennedy was married to his wife Betty, who passed away in 2011. They also had a daughter, Julia, who passed away in 2015.

Early life

Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Kennedy was the son of John Lawrence Narz Sr., and the younger brother of host Jack Narz (1922–2008), whose son, David, related about his uncle’s name change that the brothers wanted to avoid the perceived conflict of having two announcers with the same last name promoting competing products. “After a lunch meeting with his agent,” he said, “… he emerged as Tom Kennedy.” Kennedy attended the University of Missouri and the University of Kentucky.

 

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